Volvo has had a successful year for EV sales in Australia with nearly 3,000 of its electric SUVs making it onto local roads in the first eight months of the year.
Now, The Driven has learnt that its upcoming EX30 SUV has received a massive response from local customers with over 800 orders in place. That’s all within a couple of months of the pricing and specifications being unveiled.
This is very positive news and shows that Australian drivers are looking at new EV models that suit their needs before making the switch.
At the unveiling in June, the managing director of Volvo Cars Australia, Stephen Connor, mentioned that for Volvo the EX30 offers a new but growing segment as a small, fully electric luxury SUV. “The EX30 offers a strong value proposition to a new audience in the Australian car market which is increasingly embracing EVs.”
The compact SUV design and clean interior of the EX30 could be contributing to this as well with limited options from other manufacturers on the market today.
Speaking of the dimensions, the EX30 is the car is the smallest vehicle Volvo will be offering in Australia. It comes in at:
- 4,233 mm in length
- 1,837 mm in width
- 1,555 mm in height
Locally the EX30 is offered in three variants with a starting price of under $60,000. These include:
- Volvo EX30 Single Motor Extended Plus – $59,990
- Volvo EX30 Single Motor Extended Ultra – $64,990
- Volvo EX30 Twin Performance Ultra – $69,990
These three variants will share a 69 kWh battery pack with the dual-motor variant offering up to 315 kW of power and 543 Nm of Torque. It will also provide a range of up to 460 km on the WLTP cycle.
DC fast charging speeds of up to 150 kW are on offer. This means that 10-80% of charging can be done in about 30 minutes. With a growing charging infrastructure and over 400 km of WLTP range available on the EX30, it’s looking to be a good all-rounder for city driving or when taking road trips.
The high orders clearly highlight the interest in electric vehicles from European brands. Volvo is leading the charge in terms of sales and with EV only sales target by 2026, it’s on the right path to be recognised as a brand that’s taking electrification seriously.
Riz is the founder of carloop based in Melbourne, specialising in Australian EV data, insight reports and trends. He is a mechanical engineer who spent the first 7 years of his career building transport infrastructure before starting carloop. He has a passion for cars, particularly EVs and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.